Eating Disorders Could Start as Early as Elementary School
[Source: Medical News Today]
Though eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are typically associated with teenagers and young adults, researchers caution parents that children between 8 and 12 years old who are difficult eaters could have lurking psychological issues. The team adds that restrictive eating behaviors can surface before puberty.
The researchers, from the University of Montreal in Canada and the CHU Sainte-Justine children’s hospital, presented their findings this week at the Eating Disorders Association of Canada conference in Vancouver.
Led by Prof. Dominique Meilleur, a clinical psychologist, the research questions how eating disorders develop and are diagnosed, as she explains:
“Many researchers believe that bulimia only appears at adolescence, but our studies indicate that the problem can arise much earlier. It is possible that it is currently under-diagnosed due to a lack of awareness and investigation.”